Medicine: Cure-Alls

So long as foolish people with pains have hopes of feeling better, quacks and charlatans will flourish. Last week Associate Commissioner Charles W. Crawford described some of the cure-alls that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration has found on the U.S. market in the past year. Among them:

¶ A vapor-bath system which sprays the bather with various chemicals. Price: $2,200. It was represented as effective for diabetes, abscess of the lung, decay of the jawbones, blood poisoning, a long list of other ailments,

¶ An apparatus for administering electric shock at home. Heart disease, paralysis, cancer, tuberculosis and polio were among...

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